TDP protest PM Narendra Modi's visit to Andhra Pradesh

Cheryl Sanders
February 10, 2019

"This consistent position has been conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions", the MEA spokesperson said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and said even though the latter had assured new projects for the poor, he ended up replicating the Centre's schemes.

The Congress too called for observance of black day on February 10 over Modi's failure to honour the promises made to Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation, party sources said.

"The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader's visit to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Sunday and will unveil various developmental projects followed by public meetings.

In New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs reacted sharply to China's remarks, saying the state of Arunachal Pradesh is an "integral and inalienable part" of India. This will be built at a cost of Rs 2,280 crore, according to BJP MP G V L Narasimha Rao.

PM Modi had tweeted back then that there was a "perceptible improvement" in India-China relations and that regular interactions had added "significant strength" to the bilateral ties.

In 2017, the two Asian giants were involved in a high-altitude standoff in Bhutan's Doklam region after the Indian army sent troops to stop the construction of a military road by China.

The two leaders had met in the Chinese city of Wuhan for an informal summit in April past year, where they had agreed to provide "strategic guidance" to their respective militaries to avoid the recurring of Doklam-like incidents.

At an event, he unveiled plaques to formally unveil the projects which have come up or would be built in different parts of the state.

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